Marx in America
We often pride ourselves in America as being thoroughly capitalist. We do in fact have the most open and free economic system, allowing us to gain wealth as we please. Climbing up the socio-economic ladder in America is made simple because of this economic freedom, there have never been restraints or obstacles to gaining fiscal prosperity. And yet, it seems that this capitalist ideology is slowly adopting policies for which Marx and Engels so vigorously fought. Though many grow irate and denounce any such statements that I am about to make, I still believe it needs to be said; President Obama and Congress have readily adopted Marxist policies, and thus are threatening our capitalist society.
On the campaign trail in 2008, then Senator Obama was talking with a local small business owner, who we all know today as “Joe the Plumber”. This is part of the discussion they had.
As he explains his objective for tax increases on $250,000 plus earners, he mentions a very interesting point, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” This immediately rang a bell in my head. Isn’t this what Marx believes too? Just saying “spread the wealth around”, sounds harmless enough. Sure, I’ll take some of that wealth, just spread it on over here. But when you think about it, where is this money actually being “spread” from. It’s the rich and wealthy in the country that are being punished for their work and their family’s work through these class specific tax hikes. Though technically it’s legal, raising taxes on the rich and giving that revenue to the poorer is a form of abolishing property. Once those richer folks had money that was theirs, and now the government says it has to be taken away from them and redistributed. In the communist manifesto, Marx explains his communist goals.
“The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property.”
Marx specifically targets the upper class bourgeois, claiming that their property is the property that must be taken away. Isn’t this what Obama is doing? Isn’t he specifically singling out upper class America, claiming it’s time they give up more of their property? Undoubtedly there is this significant parallel. I will clarify that just because the government taxes its people, doesn’t mean it abides by Marxism. Taxation is necessary to provide a government with revenue. Rather, it is the targeted and unnecessarily higher rate of taxation on the upper class which aligns itself with Marxist ideology. Unfortunately this is a policy which our Commander in Chief so strongly promotes.